Piers Morgan has entered the aviation equality debate after United Airlines shared plans to hire more women and people of colour as pilots.
The former Good Morning Britain presenter and professional provocateur bemoaned the “woke tyranny” of corporate America in response to the carrier’s new diversity recruitment drive.
United announced it would seek to ensure half of its new pilot trainees over the next decade would be women and/or people of colour as both demographics are currently underrepresented; just seven per cent of the airline’s pilots are women, while 13 per cent are people of colour.
Quoting heavily from fellow right-wing pundit Tucker Carlson of Fox News, Morgan wrote in the Daily Mail: “What is the need to bring in some 50 per cent quota just to tick some ridiculous virtue-signalling box, with the obvious risk to safety if skill at flying a plane is no longer the key criteria to pilot selection?
“And why, if the vast majority of United’s pilots have been white men whilst the airline has maintained a very good safety record, are those same white men now being directly discriminated against?
“Why will thousands of them have to be ‘phased out’ to accommodate the new diversity push?”
There is no evidence that the airline’s existing pilots will be “phased out” to accommodate the new cohort; in fact, the recruitment push is to replace employees who are set to retire by 2030…